His performance began with an incredibly believable acting job where Brian seems genuinely angry at Simon, who seemed stunned, along with his co-hosts L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and the aforementioned Mr. Cowell. He ingeniously fused this stagecraft as the intro to his super cool “Stop Looking at My Mom”, a hip hop ode to his mother, who was in tears backstage with Brian’s step dad.
Brian proceeded to rip through this uncharacteristic performance of an original song and a rap song, both of which are typically precursors to the fat lady singing. However, with an old school boom bap production, solid lyrics, clear enunciation and a very strong hook, Brian had the crowd on its feet singing his refrain with him by the end. With so much of hip hop shrouded in materialism, it was really refreshing to hear such real talent with no curse words or negativity. It’s just a song about a son looking out for his mom. How sweet, pure, and in this case funky!
Astronomical Kid – Stop Looking at My Mom